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On 30 January the Gaming Practice at Kalff Katz & Franssen will host its “Annual Gaming Industry Event” in Amsterdam. Invitees will hear from three highly acclaimed speakers, namely: – Michel Groothuizen, Director General of Sanctions & Prevention Policy, Ministry of Security and Justice (the Netherlands) – Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman, Malta Gaming Authority – […]

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Annual Gaming Industry Event in Amsterdam

January 22, 2015 Events
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On 30 January the Gaming Practice at Kalff Katz & Franssen will host its “Annual Gaming Industry Event” in Amsterdam. Invitees will hear from three highly acclaimed speakers, namely:

– Michel Groothuizen, Director General of Sanctions & Prevention Policy, Ministry of Security and Justice (the Netherlands)
– Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman, Malta Gaming Authority
– Julian Harris, Partner, Harris Hagan, London and past-President of IAGA

The speeches will be followed by a cocktail reception.

***Please note that the event is by invitation only.***

KPMG Summit 2014 The Isle of Man

January 22, 2015 Videos

Quirino Mancini’s interview at the eGaming Summit that took place on the Isle of Man last November. In this little talk with a press journalist given after is panel presentation Quirino calls for the need for the gaming industry to embark on a charity initiative of unprecedented proportions as a way to redress the very bad reputatIon and image of gaming in the face of the media and the public opinion in general.

Censorship reloaded – the new data behemoth is called Financial Blocking

November 27, 2014 News & Reports
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By Ansgar Lange

Internet blocking under the Inter-State Treaty on Gambling (GlüStV): Data privacy activist Thilo Weichert fears that data retention may sneak in through the back door

Kiel, November 2014. It is on the attack again – the state-fed data behemoth, whose crafty limbs have found a new way of outwitting data privacy activists: The current focus of the state surveillance fetishists is the alleged combat of supposedly illegal gaming. On the basis of the GlüStV adopted by the Federal States, the German supervisory authorities – above all the Ministry of the Interior of Lower Saxony, the Federal Financial Supervisory Agency BaFin and the Federal Ministry of Finance – intend to cut off payments to online gaming providers who, in their opinion, are illegal. In order to implement this so-called Financial Blocking, banks and payment service providers are obligated to monitor all payments and to code transactions associated with gaming providers accordingly. However, the practical problems and the problems relating to (data protection) law in the context of the planned measures are manifold, which is, inter alia, the result of an analysis by the Independent State Center for Data Protection in Schleswig-Holstein (ULD). … Continue Reading

Wulf Hambach and Quirino Mancini spoke at the IMGL Masterclass Isle of Man

November 21, 2014 News & Reports
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At the IMGL Masterclass Isle of Man, Wulf Hambach and Quirino Mancini spoke about “Implications of operating in part-regulated and non-regulated online gaming markets” as well as “The Controversial Image of Gaming in the Face of the Media and the Public Opinion: What, if Anything, is the Industry Doing to Redress It?”.

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With the sole exception of the lottery association, the gaming industry has so far proved unable to reach out to the regulators, the customers, the media and the public opinion in general in a consistent, coordinated and convincing way to inform and communicate better as well as redress all the bias and bad reputation it “enjoys” in most (if all) of the world.  This interview briefly addresses this big outstanding issue and also suggests a possible way forward that could be represented by a very ambitious charity project of unprecedented scale to be sponsored by the leading gaming companies to show that even the “bad guys” are able and willing do very good things.

Interview Quirino Mancini at Manx Radio:

 

Industry Must Improve Gambling’s Image Problem, Warn Experts

November 20, 2014 News & Reports
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By Daniel Mcadam

Industry chiefs need to tackle the poor image of gambling that has taken hold in many European countries or end up being squeezed even more by politicians and pressure groups, according to industry experts.

Chief executives, lawyers and consultants have warned that the perception of the industry in some countries is the worst it has been for more than a decade.

Without a radical rethink by companies, including being transparent about tax and pushing regulators to champion the industry, ministers will continue to see gambling as a prime target for tax raids and tighter regulations, they said.

… Continue Reading

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